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as we approach this close here, we got the market ending at the worst levels of the day with a sharp selloff of 255 points. and the bell capping off a terrible trading session as we continue to react to the explosions at the boston marathon. back to brian williams, nbc news special report on this horrible incident today in boston. brian? >> the first of two explosions. in the center of your screen you see a runner go down after getting hit by a piece of shrapnel. you see the smoke plume rise no less than 50 yards from the finish line. and then a second explosion seconds later just a short distance down the street.
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appears to be equidistant from the route of the race. both explosions appear to have been located at or near the base of buildings at the finish line of the boston marathon this afternoon. on patriots day. about an hour after the first, highest ranking elite finishers. sadly, the injuries we are hearing about being tree i can't imagi imagineed and taken to hospitals are consistent with what you would find in similar explosions in a war zone. and we're choosing not to report any numbers early on because there's going to be great confusion with several metropolitan hospitals getting the wounded from this. if there's any good news to report at all, that's a double edged sword. because they were likely among the wounded, you had public safety officials right there.
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the medical tent was within view of the first explosion. you had boston pd, fire, ems, all there on duty because of the secured finish line. these were initial aerials from our station, whdh, in boston. right there at the top of your screen you see the white powder, aftermath of an explosion. that was what's left of the reviewing stand. the black truck's part of boston pd as they investigate. the feds were on route. windows were blown out. flags were blown down. you saw the barricade came down. runners who were just yards from for several of them accomplishing the greatest feat of their lifetime, one of the great athletic achievements there is, 26.2 miles in the
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famed boston marathon, one of the most famous public sporting events in this country, and instead knocked off their feet by one of two concussive explosie explosions at the finish line. way too early to draw any conclusions. this is just in to us. three separate law enforcement officials are looking very closely at the possibility that this is, to use military parlance again, an improvised explosive device. an ied. that this could have been a bag or satchel. that this somehow eluded race day security. whether it was prepositioned or came in during the excitement of the finish. and escaped the attention of
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sniffer dogs and electronics. let's listen in once again to whdh. >> we don't really know because this all happened close to the medical tent. another ambulance pulling in right now, anticipating yet -- the people here at boston medical center don't have a firm count, an official count because people are still coming in. so they haven't come down to give us much information. we have only been able to glean from what we can see outside here. i have to admit just a couple of minutes ago there was a very -- looked like a very heart wrenching scene. a mother and a couple of other young women came running out of the hospital. they jumped into a car. i asked them if they lost someone or if they had someone in the explosion. she said, yes, my daughter. we're trying to find her. apparently they're going from hospital to hospital to see. someone else is coming in right now. someone going in on a stretcher. he is sitting up. again, we don't know if this is
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an individual from the -- who was at the boston marathon. however, he just did come in in an ambulance. went in the same door the other victims who clearly were from the marathon went in. inside the hospital, we've been told that it's quite chaotic inside. a lot of nurses and hospital personnel have been -- who were off today have been called in to help out. we understand also a description from someone who was inside and talking to some of the staff here said that there are a number of people here with very severe injuries. that's a scene here at boston medical center. again, the ambulance -- you can hear the ambulances coming and going. we, again, with our own eyes have seen at least six people come in here. possibly seven. again, people with the foil wrapped around them, lying on stretchers going in here. the situation inside described
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as mayhem and quite chaotic inside the hospital as well. that's the latest live from boston medical center. i'm byron barnett. >> that's live coverage from boston. just a terrible day in what should have been just a magnificent day for the city of boston. the annual running of the boston marathon. mike gleason -- with apologies, mike gleason is an nypd veteran who was just a spectator today. had a member of the family running in the race. mike, i guess since you saw this, do you have any reason to add anything to the descriptions thus far? we are now able to see it as recorded by live tv cameras. but did your trained eyes catch anything? did you detect anything amiss? >> no. it just -- everything was normal. everyone was relaxed and happy and joyous. everyone was drinking their water, wrapping themselves in
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foil. then the explosion right next to the finish line. then in another maybe 30 seconds, another explosion. and then pandemonium struck. >> i don't know if you heard me saying, and i hate to say this, but this is how it's done overseas. an initial and a secondary. just as people are rushing toward the wounded from the initial explosion. >> and my worst concern, brian, was we had my two children, my friend's two children. we put them into a sprint store. they were kind enough to let us in there. once we were able to get moving, we wanted to get away from any area where there was high concentration of people. >> yeah. it's sad to say, but people who have any exposure to military or law enforcement are often prompted to get out of there instead of doing what is human nature and rushing in to help, only because of the risk of a secondary explosion in this
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cruel era of such things. but it looks like there you have -- that's, again, the best picture right there of the powder burns against the side of the building. and then, again, the reviewing stand. mike gleason, thank you very much. we have the first facts from this from the boston police department. and this is pretty grim. boston pd is reporting by twitter two dead, 22 injured. again, 23 now. two dead, 23 injured. again, we know from eyewitness reports from what we've heard on our boston station, some of these injuries are grievous injuries consistent with what happens when an explosion goes off in a tight urban area. look at the facade of that building. you had people between that building and the police
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barricades. and then you set off an explosion. and this is what's going to happen. flags, banners gave way. people were hit. look at human nature. run toward the explosion. that's right when the second one went off in the space of about 15 to 20 seconds. of course, a lot of these people, it's their -- not only is it their job, it's their reflex. these are public safety officials. these are race volunteers. a saving grace, most of the police officers you see with the bright green vests are also in this day and age wearing kevlar vests. let's hope there are boston pd members who were able to survive this and help by dint of that. but it's something to think about. maybe it made the difference in a few cases. this is patriots day in the city of boston. commemorating lexington and
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concord. this was the day of a red sox game. fenway park is about a mile and a half away from this. closest intersection, what we're talking about here, is boyleston and dartmouth in boston. we had a picture across the charles river showing the smoke flume from this, these dual explosions. again, no one has said anything official. it will take forensic testing of the residue from the explosion. but there are certain axel rants and certain explosives that will immediately tell investigators this was not a gas main. this was not a kind of naturally occurring explosion from the systems contained in a large american city. this was a -- an explosive that was put there to do harm. we don't know that yet.
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it is just quite a coincidence otherwise that we have two concussive impacts here on the finish line of the boston marathon. again, the aerial pictures from our nbc station, whdh tv in boston. where they will continue live coverage. all shifts have been called to work. goes without saying. boston pd. let's listen into some of the eyewitness reports our station's getting. >> i don't think they could even comprehend what's happened here. people reported hearing two explosions a short time ago near the finish line. i think we've already established that. but you can just see the -- >> i've been corrected. this is the audio that goes with these initial aerial pictures. so this is part of the early live reporting. let's see if we can't switch channels and dip into what whdh is saying right now. can we do that? >> still trying to find his wife who often waits for him at the finish line.
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i also ran into a man, he was covered with a bloodstained shirt. and i stopped him and i asked him if he was okay. he just said i'm a doctor. and proceeded on to the scene. there was a line of dozens of wheelchairs from the medical team making their way over still to the finish line. we're still trying to figure out and get more details, but as you walk the area here in the back bay, you just see so many runners still wrapped in their metallic blankets with their families, still trying to locate their families. but as you can imagine, with so many streets in and around the boyleston area closed, they're having a hard time locating, reuniting with their family members. again, it is a very difficult scene. there's several people stopping others, asking if they know more details, have they heard more, is there more information? as i understand, there will be continued conferences with possibly fire in just about a couple of minutes. as i'm walking around, there are
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just a lot of people still shell shocked, still trying to share information with each other. but have very little information of their own. >> all right, susan, thank you so much. we're just getting some new information from mass general that they have no reported deaths at the hospital. but they have a total of 19 patients, six of whom are listed in critical condition. five of whom listed in serious condition. eight patients with unspecified injuries. we do know that there was a news conference scheduled for mass general. we take a look outside mass general. some video from outside the hospital. we are being told that a news conference will be taking place at the hospital here within the next few minutes. when that happens, we'll, of course, bring it to you when it does happen. again, boston police confirming two people died in these explosions, 23 people hurt at the finish line. although i actually would argue the number probably is going to go up, amanda. at least the injured. we have 19 injuries at mgh. i would imagine boston medical
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center, brigham women's probably has as many people as well. >> we just spoke to byron barnett. he's seen six transported to boston medical center. add that to the 19. already we're above the total there. numbers are changing. minutes ago it was 22. now word there have been 23 injuries and two deaths. >> getting some new information -- >> on a day like this you look . we have some first class hospitals within very, very short distance. mass general being one of them. we've just heard discussed there in boston. and certainly the folks -- the folks who have been -- who become victims in this -- this explosion, you see there on tape replay, were triaged immediately. chuck todd can show us what's
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happening in washington, which, again, has become an almost standard reaction these days when something happens that we can't define right away. and a preponderance of cautious has to be enforced. pennsylvania avenue which was closed to vehicular traffic in the late 1990s has been closed to pedestrian traffic in front of the white house this afternoon. as the capital police, park police, secret service form something of an outer ring of security there. you're looking -- is chuck -- can chuck hear me? >> reporter: i can, brian. >> we're looking out through the white house fence across the street. and the perimeter is now on the other side of pennsylvania? >> reporter: that's right. you see now they've erected yellow tape. secret service, uniformed secret service as you can see is now sort of standing watch there. this is not -- this is not
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dissimilar to what you see when there's a head of state that comes in here for a few minutes. this is the same type of lockdown that pennsylvania avenue is going through when that happens. so, again, i know you've said it, it is more out of precaution for now than anything else. one of the little tidbits i can report from various security sources, that a joint anti-terrorism task force phone call between state, federal and local officials has not yet taken place, but that is going -- they are starting to organize that with boston authorities, massachusetts authorities, and federal authorities to sort of get the information flow sharing in a way that everybody can be on the same page. they're trying to set that up now as we speak, brian. >> and, chuck, perhaps you can help me describe that -- i didn't mean to be flip when i said it's become a standard post-9/11 response. but there have been numerous times where, because of numerous
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scares and just exerting great caution, journalists have been escorted off the grounds, visitors, staffers, these perimeters have been put up. >> reporter: i can also tell you they are letting people with appointments through. it's a low grade lockdown if you will at this point. not at the type that you had just described where, you're right, they will tell us all to leave or if we're here they won't let us even outside where we're all standing right now. for now this is more about a precaution keeping tourists away and people without proper credentials away from the facility. >> okay. chuck todd, thank you. we're now showing live pictures, i believe this is the e.r. entrance at mass general. and it's boston medical. sorry. this appears to be back on boyleston. a boston fire unit going by. this is, i believe, tape from
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earlier. we heard something else start to happen as part of our live coverage on whdh. in big cities where terrible things have happened, you start to have the cell service go down because the bandwidth is finite. so that will happen and has been happening to some of the live reports out of boston. i want to bring in an expert. we've had of counsel on our staff for a good long time. michael leiter, counterterrorism, cyber security, national annist for us. served as the director of national counterterrorism center from '08 to july of 2011. was in the room during the bin laden raid. michael, you've been watching and listening to the coverage. give us an expert's eye view. what do you think we have here and what would you be looking for? >> well, the first thing i would
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say, brian, is at this point, kind of an hour into the event, we still have to accept that the information is going to be incredibly fragmentary and a lot of it's going to be wrong. all of the boston city police department, the federal government, mostly the fbi, the department of homeland security, the white house, everyone is now scrambling to understand what exactly happened in that location. and away from boston, people are starting to put in place some of the preventative security measures that chuck todd just mentioned at the white house. so i expect that we'll start to see some additional police presence in cities like new york, los angeles, chicago. my initial take right now, this could turn out to be anything. but it's a heck of a coincidence to happen right at the end of the boston marathon route. certainly no one in the u.s. government is saying authoritatively what caused this, terrorism or something else. a natural gas explosion.
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but i think the forensic examination by the police, potentially claims if a group was responsible, that should start to be uncovered the next hour or two. and i expect we'll have a lot better sense of what has actually occurred in boston today. >> michael, taking your caution, the caution of a veteran and professional in this field, just going, however, from the kind of amateur visual forensics of looking at the aerial and seeing the -- the powder burns on the sidewalk emanating from the side of the building, radiating out into the street, has the hallmarks of explosions you and i have seen in the past. >> that's absolutely right. and i -- if i were still director of the national counterterrorism center and i would guess my successor and everyone in the u.s. government and boston right now is operating under the assumption that this is a terrorist attack.
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knowing exactly who's behind that, that will take some time. people will start from the premise if this was terrorism and they will work their way backwards. publicly some of those statements will be we're not sure. we're going to wait until all the facts get in. but everyone will operate as if this was a terrorist attack. again, i think the timing, the coincidence of this being right at the finish of a major public event, that would certainly lead me in the direction to say that this looks very, very early on, like a terrorist attack. >> and earlier i said and correct me if i'm wrong, that even initial tests, i mean, explosives experts will be able to walk up, smell and touch this and the presence -- wouldn't the presence of cordite indicate, h is no manhole cover, this is no gas leak. >> i think that's going to be ruled out very quickly.
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i think you're exactly right. you can have different types of explosives which may or not be easily detected. hydrogen peroxide has been used. i do expect within the next hour or so, the boston police department which is a very talented and good organization that has deep counterterrorism expertise, working with the fbi-led federal joint terrorism task force in boston, they're going to know in very short order whether or not this was a natural event or a terrorist bomb. again, exactly who's responsible for that bomb, that will take more in the range of days rather than hours. but i think we'll know in very short order what the root cause of this was. >> michael, we're going to just continue -- this is going to be the way it is. we're going to dip into our local coverage. nbc station whdh boston, live coverage of what's happening in their town. >> as i was walking, i saw one
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man, he was covered with blood on his shirt. and i had to stop and ask him if he was okay. and he walked briskly by me and just said, i'm a doctor. as i continued on, i saw there were still people who were making their way through the finish line as they were trying to find their loved ones, find their significant others and let them know they were okay. i ran into our reporter, news reporter steve cooper. he runs the marathon every year. he was very upset. he was okay, but he still had not found his wife who was often at the finish line awaiting him. we're still trying to figure out hopefully that she is just fine and just they have not been able to reunite. i'm in an area on newbury street. it's all closed off. they are concerned about secondary explosions here. i can see the medical tent, but it's closed off so i can't tell you just how many people are in there. as i was making my way, i did see dozens of these wheelchairs from the medical team trying to
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make their way to the scene. they were -- they were just dozens lined up and making their way toward the boyleston area. as you can imagine, there's just so many people, visitors in the area. and they still just don't know how to get around. many are just so upset about -- about what happened here. >> susan, you're on -- you're on newbury street. can you just tell us, are there a lot of people there with you right now? are they just kind of hanging around trying to figure out what's happened? or have people cleared out and is newbury street effectively a ghost town outside of you, media, police, fire and whatnot? >> i'm on newbury street and dartmouth street and it is a ghost town. it is very eerie to see newbury this quiet. the only other time i remember this is when we had that black out. on all of the -- on the secondary streets, clairenton, berkeley, arlington, common avenue area, the huntington
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street area, the area by the john hancock building, tons of people are still there. many are trying to figure out how to get home, how to get back to their hotel rooms, how to get to their friends' hopes. many as kryou know are visitors here. they don't know how to navigate through the streets. there's just a difficulty not only walking around, but the mass transit, the -- not working. there's a lot of confusion out here in terms of for these runners and visitors. >> susan tran joins us on the phone at newbury and dartmouth. thank you so much. of course, we'll be checking back with you here momentarily. >> we want to get to janet wu. janet wu has been covering this story. janet, you were there on what was supposed to be, you know, a happy story. a lot of folks finishing a marathon. a lot of excitement down there. and here you are. i understand you've been pushed back from the scene, is that correct? >> yes, that's why you haven't seen me for about an hour. because we were right at boyleston and claren don, a
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block and a half from where the explosions have happened. we now have had to clear the scene as this is a ghost town on boyleston street. it is completely empty. and then just within the last half an hour, they started shutting down the side streets. i think it's a bad sign, but about ten minutes ago we saw a dozen police cars come screaming down clarendon past us. we could not see where they were going. obviously there are other things that are still keeping this case quite active. and it's not just these first two explosions. i want to point out something else. from years of reporting here, we always say every year that the medical tent, what you see behind me here on my right, way down there on stewart street right in front of the fairmont copley plaza, that becomes the largest e.r. in the city every year on this one day. they prepare to take care of more than 1,000 runners. they are more emergency beds in that tent than there are in any of the other hospitals in boston combined. today very sadly, this tent has
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been used for a very unexpected and horrible tragedy. but as we've said over and over again, just moments after this explosion happened, the first one, response was immediate. i want to recap for you again what we saw. because we actually saw the explosions from our vantage point. we were in the truck. we heard the first one. we saw smoke coming out. at first we thought it was perhaps some kind of cannon that was celebrating this marathon and not something that was devastating. we're running this video now that was taken by my colleague, don nelson, who was manned on the bridge over the finish line. you see that bridge that they build every year in order to get all the runners coming across. that overhead view of the runners. he caught that explosion. again, from eyewitness accounts, they saw two packages or bags, as someone described to me, against the building near 671 boyleston street. that's a little bit more than halfway down the block from
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dartmouth towards exeter on the newbury street side. again, those two explosions happened very, very close together. and then a little while after, another eyewitness who was frantically running in the other direction told me that he felt that other -- he had heard that other devices had been found. that was something i could not really report initially since this was unconfirm. then we heard that third explosion. that was later confirmed to be a controlled explosion. indeed, that was another device that was found. at this point, we have still not had official comment from law enforcement. they are still too busy dealing with this case. we're expecting as you know that news conference coming up a short time later. we've been reporting the numbers. juries and deaths from this. of that is the latest from where i am right now on clarendon at stewart street, janet wu. >> i want to touch on something you said a few moments ago.
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you got the idea that somethi something -- you got pushed back so clearly something else is happening. we got a note earlier from counterterrorism officials just to let you know and bomb technicians there were multiple explosive twices. clearly the two that went off at the finish line on boyleston. there was a third device they found and bomb technicians did a controlled explosion. they set it off themselves. but it leads us to believe in this note that we read earlier that there may be more devices in and around that area which is exactly probably why police moved you in part and is trying to clear ta area out of here. >> reporter: well, reed, now i can tell you because before i did not feel comfortable reporting this. but initially right after that explosion, maybe it was reporter instinct, i went tearing down boyleston the opposite way to go to the library grand stands. because that's where i thought it was. the explosions happened right across from it. i went up to the grand stand, saw the location, saw the blown out windows. a police officer came up to me and said, get out of here.
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we don't know what else could happen. at that point, i have to tell you, i was terrified. >> we've been listening to this breaking news. here's mass general hospital live news conference. >> our understanding is that that is false. we still have the hazmat team on standby. we've not received anybody who received any hazardous materials exposure. >> what kind of injuries are you seeing? >> mostly orthopedic injuries. traumatic amputations. injuries to arms and legs. those are the ones we're seeing at this time. >> is the surgery right now an amputation. >> some of the patients have already received traumatic amputations at the scene. their legs are being blown off. obviously they're bleeding profusely. in conjunction with ems who were right on the scene, they managed to stop the bleeding. they'll be in the operating room already. >> doctor, can we have your name
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please. >> dr. ailster con, a-l-a-s-d-a-i-r. last name conn, c-o-n-n. chief of emergency services. >> one more time. six are severely injured. >> yes. six are very severely injured, requiring immediate resuscitation. we've obviously mobilized not just the trauma team on for today but the backup team and the backup to the backup team. so they're all either -- they responded to the emergency but probably now in surgery. >> what about the others? 16 others or 19 others? >> 19 patients in total. >> what kind of injuries do they have? >> at the moment they mostly appear to be orthopedics. however, we have not completely assessed them because they have managed to get all x-rays and cat scans and things a the moment. >> six critical and five pretty badly off as well. >> that's correct. >> would you characterize these as almost something you'd see in a military setting. >> oh, absolutely. absolutely. this is like a bomb explosion
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that we hear about in the news in baghdad or israel or some other tragic points, space in the world, yeah. >> you were trained for that here just in case. >> absolutely. about two years ago and after that -- >> cut away. we're not in control of the feed from the news conference. but we got the gist of it there. i think much will be said that obviously no two educatixplosio alike. you take as an assumption that this was an explosive device and not the kind of explosion caused by a big city mishap, a gas main or what have you. let's say this was, indeed, a parcel left behind to do harm, it -- there are different types. and it's a grisly business. but many contain shrapnel. many of what we've seen deployed in our dual wars overseas.
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if this one did not, if it was just concussive, there may be speculation that it was made of materials that were designed to elude any detection on its way in. made of perhaps organic materials that wouldn't give off the sent signature that would cause alarm. who knows. we're so, so, so early in this. the smoke has almost literally just cleared from boyleston in boston. the finish line bombing at the boston marathon today. dean walker was part of the universal sports broadcasting team in a production trailer. he's with us by telephone. dean, i'm told that you apparently were alerted by the first blast and had enough time to react and were an eyewitness
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to the second one. correct? what did you see? >> that is correct. approximately about 2:50, we were preparing for our wrap-up show from the boston marathon. and literally our production trucks were parked right across the street from where the first bomb went off. that first bomb shook the truck very violently. that's when we turned to look at the screen. we saw the second bomb go off approximately 100 feet up the course on the opposite side of the -- of boyleston from where we were at. >> this was -- we've been just going by the picture from the photo bridge as taken live pictures that were taken by whdh. and i've been assuming here that you have kind of the usual mixture of people from the edge of the building out to the police barricade. you have friends and family, people who know somebody racing. people who got there early,
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staked out a position. and you have race volunteers and law enforcement all along that barricade, correct? >> absolutely. and that side of the street had more public access than the side that we were on. we were on the side of the street of the grand stands, the v.i.p. grand stands. that side of the street had a lot more foot traffic and a lot less security measures because it was -- it was basically open to the public. >> okay. that may end up being a critical difference here. the debris from the bomb, the explosion, we should say, the debris from the explosion that we see hit and injure one runner kind of as we watch, did it have the range to reach across the street to the reviewing stand? >> from our perspective, we don't think so. when we saw the smoke come up from the blast, it was -- it was isolated pretty much to the
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sidewalk. and it did not detonate right at the edge of the sidewalk. it was back away from the edge of the street probably at least 10 to 15 feet. >> we -- i'm almost happy we don't have a tighter shot of this. because of the injury suffered by that one runner who is just kind of become the focal point of that picture as we play it over and over. this is tough to take on a repetitive basis. ditto, these pictures. there's a whole lot of folks there in the crowd. dean, we had a third explosion which boston pd has now confirmed was a controlled explosion of what they suspected was yet another device. were you aware of that from where you were escorted to within boston? >> we weren't aware of that until we returned back to our
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hotel, which is about a half a mile away from the explosions. but we were told that, you know, where that device was, was probably closer to us than the first device that went off. >> dean walker with universal sports, thank you very much for being with us. sadar asturk is with us as well. sadar, you're an eyewitness to this. te you saw and from what angle. >> so i was about a half a block away. i left the fairmont hotel, a half block away from the finish line. i was about to eat, and i heard a bomb go off. i heard a loud explosion. and i felt it through my legs. and all the way into my chest. and everyone at that moment had pretty much stopped moving and was just in awe. and didn't know what exactly what was happening, whether it was a bomb, whether it was just something that had fallen or whatever. but next thing you know, we heard a second explosion.
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and then if you looked outside, people immediately, their faces turned into tears and were running for their lives, basically. >> and, again, what would you put just a ballpark, the radius of -- of the concussion? >> well, i mean, it didn't even matter about the radius. within the block that it happened, there are thousands and thousands and thousands of people around. like, even -- not even near the finish line. blocks away. streets are completely full. completely filled with people who are just running. i was half a block away and i could see the smoke in the air. you could almost smell the smoke as well. >> serdar, thank you very much. serdar ozturk has been one of the witnesses joining us as part of our live coverage. i want to show you a photo getting wide circulation from
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the editorial staff. one of the staff photographers from the "boston globe." let's take the banner down. the special report banner. if we can take the lower banner down. what is in the foreground is the runner, i believe, we see getting injured and hit with shrapnel. this is obviously just after it happens. what you can't see beneath that black banner that says "boston globe sports" is the runner, i believe, we see hit on the replay of the videotape. this is the smoke from the initial concussion. you see officers are still reacting. and there he is. he's down. he is injured. the officer in the center of the picture about ten feet back appears to be being blown off his feet. this is just a chance taking of a photo at the moment right after impact when the air, the
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whoosh, is still coming from right to left in your picture. that's one of the still photos getting a lot of circulation on the web. mike lupika is with us, veteran sports columnist and author and broadcaster and, mike, this is hard to believe. what a -- you talk about the finite list of great american public events and sporting traditions and a great american city. this is at or near the top. >> brian, i it sha-- i went to college. my sons have gone to boston. my sister used to run this race every year. unless you have ever run this race, i used to cover it every time. i was at the finish line last year walking back from fenway park. this isn't just a state holiday in boston. this is the biggest day of the year in boston. for me to look at these pictures today and see people running away from the finish line of the boston marathon is one of the most chilling things i've ever seen. >> mike, it's hard to express --
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people familiar with urban environments, it's -- it's really densely packed. we talk about newbury street. if you know michigan avenue in chicago or fifth avenue, it's kind of a combination of fifth and madison in new york. it's a beautiful, strolling, shopping, gallery street. not far from boyleston where we're looking at. these are tightly packed buildings. everybody is filling the streets on this day. 26,000 runners. think of how many bring their -- their posses with them of friends and family and supporters. >> this -- it stretches all the way along the course, brian. you're exactly right. this is one of the main plazas of the city. it is one of the great walking areas. and unless you've ever been at the finish line, you -- we would get -- we used to guess it was a joke how many people were at the finish line. i was standing once with neil andrew of the "new york times" and said what did we call the crowd last year?
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he said i think it was a million. i said it looked like more this year. we said we better go with a million and a half. some guy behind us said i was wondering how you guys came up with that number. it is filled with people. it is -- it is their version on a spring day of new york city in times square on -- on new year's eve. and if you are trying to navigate your way around boston on this day, good luck. you feel like you've run a boston marathon yourself just getting from point to point. but all you see are happy people, brian, until today. >> of course, mike, now they've shut down the "t" which is the boston subway system. now you have all these visitors, some -- a lot of them from overseas. but many of them from all across the country. this is the focal point of all their training for the year. this man in the still picture "the boston globe" staff, think of just his story. by nature this means he finished just, like, an hour off the elite finishers.
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think of how hard and think of the meaning of this in his life. he ends up being a wounded victim of an explosion at the finish line of the boston marathon. >> brian, you never had to be there to see the winners finish. it didn't matter what time you got to copley square. all you saw were happy people crossing the finish line and then in the outlying parts of that, you'd see them with, you know, some kind of cover on, happy, tired people. not running away from this finish line like they did today, but walking and trying to find their friends and family. and on this day when everybody was trying to find friends and family after this happened. >> mike lupica, thanks for being with us. thanks for the perspective. it's a sad announcement on the boston marathon facebook page right now. the family meeting area has been moved to boston common. runners are being directed there to meet friends and family. city of boston assets have been deployed to assist runners at
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the common. i'm also thinking of mayor menino who has had a bunch of health challenges announcing he will not be running for re-election. spent a chunk of time in the hospital, most recently was being treated for a broken leg. this was obviously his favorite day of the year. there's no bigger booster of the city of boston than tom menino. now to have this. we have every federal agent in the region heading to boston, massachusetts. we're just going to keep putting these pictures on the air as they come in. you see all the yellow vests of first responders. remember how many were already there. pete williams, our justice correspondent, pete, sadly, as i keep saying, we have way too much expertise in explosives and terrorism investigation over these past ten years. let us hope that we can put that
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to good use very quickly here. >> reporter: i think it's already turning out to be that way, brian. first of all, the initial analysis that there were two devices that went off and two more that they quickly found. now, what they're going to be doing now, of course, is proceeding on several tracks. there'll be a team of people who will go in there and try to pick up every little piece that they can of these devices. we believe for sure they were devices that went off. we don't know how much they're going to be able to get out of the other two. it appears that they very quickly in the term they use is rendered them safe. meaning that they shoot a high velocity, extremely short pulse water cannon at them to blow them up. we don't know how much look they got at them before that happened. in terms of the other ones, they'll look at the pieces. that's one track. the second thing they're doing, of course, is going around and trying to find every person who was in the area to interview them. a third thing which could turn out to be very productive is looking for surveillance video.
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of which there is undoubtedly a lot in this area. very congested metropolitan area. hotels nearby. businesses. they're going to look and see if they see any of these things being placed to try to figure out, you know, when they were there, who might have placed them. and that'll be a key part of the investigation as well. >> pete, i keep thinking about the surveillance video, of course, as i mentioned earlier, everywhere we go, especially in high density urban areas these days, you've got to be okay with being on tv. because there are usually multiple views of you. here in new york city, they have software that makes the cameras smart. the cameras can visually look for containers that don't have someone attached to them. containers that are new to the frame. i am assuming some of that technology exists in boston. and i am also assuming that they're looking at the
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possibility that if these came in to be placed where they did during competition, that they were built in somehow to evade detection. >> reporter: that's certainly possible. and we should know more about that, i would think, in the coming hours as they begin to look at whatever pieces they can find. and in terms of the surveillance video, yes, all the things that you just said. then also, of course, the timing here is going to be important. because they can work back from the time of the detonations and look for anomalies, things that weren't there, and suddenly showed up. so that'll be a key part of this. >> pete, we should also talk about the kind of chain of anticipatable events. 90% of them out of a preponderance of caution that we're probably going to end up reporting. there is a report of a ground stop for incoming flights into
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boston logan. we've already seen the white house perimeter moved out and across pennsylvania avenue. there is a kind of a -- not quite a lockdown mentality, but i would imagine we'll have reservists with automatic weapons in new york's grand central if we don't already. laguardia and so on and so forth. >> reporter: yes. that's already been ordered for new york. i think part of that is until they know for sure what this was, the prudent thing is to assume that this was the beginning of something that could be going on elsewhere. no reason to think that, but the smart thing to do these days is the belief is to take those precautions now in case -- the other thing is they have to worry about copycats. somebody else trying this elsewhere. this sort of circumstance, you know, of course, we're reminded of olympic park bombing in atlanta. the other thing this calls to my mind is three years ago somebody
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leaving a backpack and it turned out to be someone who was a white supremacist convicted of this, leaving a backpack on a bench in portland waiting for the martin luther king parade to come by. the device was to be remotely set off. but it was found by a city employee and was safely taken away. so unfortunately, people have been thinking about doing these sorts of things before. >> obviously a perverse notion to begin with. leaving a device behind that would blow up in a public place. but the further perversion of doing this to this event on this day under the noses of all of the assembled law enforcement in boston is beyond bodacious. >> reporter: well, and, of course, you know, who knows. if it turns out that one of these was right outside a hotel, i guess you always have the possibility, and i'm sure they'll look at it, that somebody planned this before the
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security was in place. >> right. >> reporter: had it somewhere else. then brought it out at the time. so there's lots of scenarios here that we could come up with and, you know, until we know how they did it, there's lots of possibilities to think about. >> and, pete, the way 9/11 has changed life, because it happens, a lot of it, gradually, we haven't even come to grips with it. in sum, you can't go to a royals game in kansas city or a dodgers game in l.a. without, you know, being checked. obviously, it has changed a lot. we are looking at the governor of massachusetts as he gets ready to address the media. sorry, pete williams. we're going to take this live feed. >> we've had a horrific attack here in boston this afternoon. commissioner davis is going to give some details about what we know so far.
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mindful that we don't have the whole picture yet. but we have gotten a good deal of information. commissioner davis will take all of us through the information that we have, and then i'll come back and talk about some of the things and ways in which we're going to ask people to help us help you this afternoon. so let me turn it over now to the commissioner of the police here in boston. >> thank you, governor. at 2:50 p.m. today there were simultaneous explosions that occurred along the route of the boston marathon near the finish line. these explosions occurred 50 to 100 yards apart, and each scene resulted in multiple casualties. at this point in time all of the victims have been removed from the scene. we have sent officers to hospitals to be in touch with
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family members and possible witnesses. we immediately activated a system of response that the commonwealth of massachusetts and the federal government has in place for these type of incidents. my first two calls were to the special agent in charge of the fbi and to the state police. both victor laurier and tim albans immediately sent resources. we have at this point in time determined that there has been a third incident that has occurred. there was an explosion that occurred at the jfk library. so this is very much an ongoing event at this point in time. we are not certain that these incidents are related, but we are treating them as if they are. we're recommending to people that they stay home, that if they're in hotels in the area that they return to their rooms, and that they don't go anyplace and congregate in large crowds.
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we want to make sure we completely stabilize the situation. we are setting up two telephone numbers that are very important. the first one is for families of victims and people who are trying to locate people. that number is 617-635-4500. that is the mayor's hotline. the second number, if anyone saw anything at this incident, if anybody knows of any information that could lead to the arrest or prosecution of the individuals responsible for this, they should call us at 1-800-494-tips. that's 1-800-494-tips. that line will be staffed up tonight along with the fbi and the state police, we are working with the alcohol, tobacco and firearms. we have a general here from the massachusetts national guard who has assisted in securing the perimeter. we have additional assets from other agencies who are
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volunteering to assist us. after this incident occurred there were certainly a lot of people running from the scene. some of them deposits bags and parcels they were carrying. each one of those bags and parcels is being treated as a suspicious device at this point in time. we have multiple e.o.d. teams that are checking each one of these bags. but at this point we have not found another device. the three incidents that have occurred, two of them occurred simultaneously on boylston street and the third one occurred at jfk about a half hour ago. people should be calm, but they should understand this is an ongoing event and they should understand that we need all the information that we can get available to us. thank you. >> ed, thank you very much. i want to thank the commissioner. i had a call from the president about half an hour ago, who assured us that we would have
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the full cooperation of the fbi and the atf, who are also on the ground. we have, as the commissioner said, the state police, the national guard fully deployed, and we thank them for their assistance. the fire marshal. the city fire marshal is here as well. so a lot of coordination in a very fluid situation. we are asking that people stay out of crowds and calmly make their way home. or if they're visiting, back to their hotels. all of the hotels' security will be prioritized at the outset. again, if people have informati information, please use those tip lines. this is very, very important, that we get as current information as we can as quickly as possible. i'm happy to take any questions. >> governor, can you talk about --
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[ inaudible ] >> well, you know, i -- the marathon is a pretty special day around here, as you know. i started this morning visiting a man in the hospital who was devastated that he couldn't be at the marathon today. he's on his way here now, i think. am i right? from the hospital. so obviously he's as concerned as the rest of us all about the safety of the people who come for this iconic experience. >> are you looking for a specific kind of truck or specific kind of person? >> no. there was no specific type of truck that we're looking for at this point in time. we are looking for any information people have as to what they saw or might have heard at the site of the explosion or coming and going. we're investigating all leads right now. >> what is the death and injury
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toll? >> we don't have the number of casualties at this point in time. this is very early in this investigation. we wanted to get out here and give you as much information as we can. but we don't have the -- >> the third explosion about an hour or so ago, was that a controlled explosion? do you know what that was? >> that was a controlled explosion on boylston street. but there was a third explosion at the jfk library that we believe is related. >> was there a device that was found? or what was the history of that? >> as i explained earlier, there are a number of parcels that have been brought by people on the parade route, on the race route. anything that's out there right now is being viewed as a suspicious device. we are clearing each one of those items. they may be blowing things up over the course of the next few hours. but at this point in time we have not found another device on boylston street. >> any warnings leading up to this? any threats that something like this would happen? >> none. we talk about the threat picture all the time leading up to this particular event, and we have no information that this was going
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to happen. >> can you tell us what happened at jfk? >> it's literally just unfolding. i don't have specifics. there was an explosion. >> around 3:00 there was a fire. was that after that? >> we got reports after 3:00 there was an explosion. >> any -- >> none that we know of. >> [ inaudible ]. terrorist attack? would you say this was a terrorist attack? >> we're not being definitive on that right now, but you can reach your own conclusions based upon what happened. >> [ inaudible ]. >> at this point in time no. every asset of the commonwealth of massachusetts and the federal government is either here or coming here. as the governor said, the president has talked directly to the mayor as well as the governor, and i had a personal conversation with the director of the fbi, who pledged any help
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that we needed. so we are stabilizing the situation at this point in time. but people should be cautious. that's all. thank you all very much. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> we're going to try to do our next briefing at 7:00. so that will be two hours from now. at 7:00 next briefing. again, the way to come in and out is to my left, your right is going to be the way to enter in and out. and again, we're looking at 7:00 we're doing the next briefing. >> so that is the -- that's the situation. you heard from deval patrick, the governor of the commonwealth of massachusetts, and the police commissioner. we have a bit of a disagreement. the source for the word of an explosion at the jfk library, which is rather far from boylston, downtown boston, is the commissioner himself. we had known about what came in as an electrical fire in an equipment room at the library. the national

Closing Bell With Maria Bartiromo
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